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Networking Event Helps Minority, Women-Owned and Small Businesses Connect with Prime Contractors

Sometimes small businesses and those owned by women and minorities can find it challenging to connect with larger, more established companies with whom they could sub-contract on government projects.

Baltimore County government and their partners are hosting a free “Meet the Primes” networking event to help facilitate those mutually beneficial business relationships.

The 7th annual “Meet the Primes” event will take place on Wednesday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the Maryland State Fairgrounds, Timonium Exhibition Hall, located at 2200 York Road in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland 21093. The event is co-hosted by Baltimore County, Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore County Public Library, the Community College of Baltimore County, the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments and theBaltimore Regional Cooperative Purchasing Committee.

The purpose of this “free” event is to facilitate a networking forum for prime contractors to expand their pool of potential subcontractors to fulfill participation subcontracting goals set in contracts. The exhibiting contractors are asked to come prepared to discuss potential upcoming subcontracting opportunities. Subcontractors are encouraged to come prepared to market their skills and abilities with a one-page capability statement that readily identifies past government and commercial work experience in their specialty area of expertise as well as certifications and specialized licenses obtained. There will be more than 100 exhibitors and over 300 women-owned, minority-owned and other small businesses in attendance.     


For additional information about the “Meet the Primes” event, contact Carla Tucker, Minority and Small Business Marketing Manager, Baltimore County Government at or call 410-887- 3119.

$3 Million Investment to Double Library Space, Enhance Service

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and Baltimore County Public Library Director Paula Miller announced today that the County will invest $3 million to renovate and expand the Hereford Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library (BCPL).

This project will increase the collection size, provide additional library amenities for children and adults, and double the amount of space devoted to library services for residents in the Hereford area and northern Baltimore County. A renovation of the property was originally scheduled for 2017, but the County accelerated this timeframe in the wake of a burst pipe that caused extensive flooding damage in late July.

“It is more fiscally responsible to proceed with the planned renovation as soon as possible, rather than investing in costly temporary repairs now and a full renovation later,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “This library is a very important resource for our County residents up north and this new and improved library will offer expanded service for everyone in the community sooner than anticipated.”  

“We are fortunate that Baltimore County is proceeding with the repair and renovation of the property at this critical time, and we are so excited to bring 21st century services and much-needed expanded library space to Hereford and northern Baltimore County,” Miller said.

Construction to Begin in Two Weeks

Construction is slated to begin the first week of October and be completed in the late spring of 2016. The remodeled library will encompass the entire building where the library is currently located, and will feature a complete interior demolition of both floors, a new roof, structural exterior stairwell and walkway repairs, plumbing and electrical system overhauls, a new elevator and stairwell between the floors, and new walls and ceilings. Patrons will enjoy an upgraded library experience with new shelving, flooring, furniture and a custom-designed floor plan to maximize access to library materials.

“This is great news for the citizens of Hereford and Northern Baltimore County. I want to thank County Executive Kamenetz for his continued commitment to the people of the Third District,” said 3rd District Councilman Wade Kach.

Maintaining Library Services

After the flooding damage occurred on July 26, the County provided limited library service by adding a bookmobile visit a few days a week. The library system is dedicated to having a continued presence in the community while construction is in progress. Beginning September 28, the bookmobile’s hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from Noon to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Staff and administration of the library wish to thank the residents of Hereford and surrounding communities for their patience and support, in the aftermath of the damage and closure. “We received some wonderful comments about how much residents value BCPL and the services provided,” said Miller.

Progress of the construction, updated details and information about the grand reopening as it becomes available can be found on the Hereford Branch page  page of the BCPL website.

Library officials are planning to attend the Hereford Fall Festival on October 17 and 18 to unveil more details about the renovation.

Daisha Smith, BCPL Marketing Assistant

The Baltimore County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Club (SRC) for all ages, is a great initiative that offers students a chance to earn exciting prizes all while improving their reading skills. It is designed to prevent achievement loss and encourage early literacy.

Each year, more than 50,000 Baltimore County children participate. Studies show that kids who do not read over the summer fall behind in school. Studies also show that children who participate improve their reading skills by a third of a grade, show more of a desire for school and are empowered to face their challenges.

The Summer Reading Club offers individual activities set to match the needs for all ages. This year’s theme is Every Hero Has a Story! This theme motivates readers to be as confident as a superhero and take on everyday challenges.

SRC features the Read-to-Me Club, for newborns to 5-year-olds; the Elementary Reading Club for students in kindergarten through the Fifth Grade; Middle School Reading Club for students in the sixth grade through the eighth grade; and the High School and Adult Reading Club for high school students and up.

Registration is quick and simple. First, visit the SRC BCPL website ( and select the “Sign Me Up Button.” Next, visit your respective branch to receive a game board to start reading.

Once you’ve registered, the Summer Reading Club asks students to read for one hour or read one book until they’ve reached four books or four hours of reading time. Once completed, visit your local branch for a sticker. Once you have read sixteen books or read for a grand total of sixteen hours, visit your branch to pick up your prize!

So what are you waiting for? Visit your local BCPL branch today and start reading!

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